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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of people with disabilities and their families descended on the State Capitol today.
They call themselves the "874K Coalition," representing the 874,000 people in Kentucky who have some disability.
The annual rally is designed to convince lawmakers to continue funding for needed programs, despite the state's tightening budget.
"If those services are cut, they're going to end up homeless -- they're going to end up in jail, possibly," said Sheila Schuster. "They're going to end up in the hospital. Or they're going to end up, unfortunately, in worse condition, perhaps even committing suicide."
Gov. Beshear made a brief appearance at the rally, declaring today Disabilities Awareness Day.